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Kenya Reopening Borders For Tourism on August 1st

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that Kenya will be reopening for international tourism on August 1st, 2020.

Since reopening, Kenya has made some changes to the entry requirements, which we have recorded below. 

Kenya traditional tribe

The move came as pressure mounted to restart the country's battered economy after nearly four months of covid-19 restrictions that have devastated key industries such as tourism.

Kenyatta said in a televised address that “international air travel into and out of the territory of Kenya shall resume effective 1 August 2020.”

He also announced the lifting of a ban on movement in and out of the capital Nairobi.

A curfew from 9:00 pm to 4:00 am will remain in place for an additional 30 days, effective immediately.

Kenya has confirmed 7,886 cases of Covid-19 and 160 deaths which is the highest official figures in East Africa. In recent weeks, the country has also seen a steep increase in cases. Fewer than 200,000 people have been tested in the population of 51 million people.

In June, Kenyatta had said that before lifting restrictions, the country would need to have contained infections with numbers headed downwards and the health care system must be prepared to deal with a surge in infections.

Kenya Safari

Kenyatta said  “we have reached a reasonable level of preparedness across the country to allow us to reopen,” and warned the reopening was conditional. 

“Any trends that signal a worsening of the pandemic, we will have no choice but to return to the lockdown,” he said.

Elephants near river in kenya

Kenyatta also announced that places of worship will be allowed to reopen, but with a maximum of 100 people attending.

He urged citizens to continue to implement social distancing, and to avoid travel as much as possible, asking them to, “exercise cautious optimism and avoid reckless abandon.”

Kenya COVID-19 Entry requirements

Travelers arriving in Kenya must bring a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of flying.

As of January 11, 2021, the test must be digitally verified by the African Trusted Traveller Initiative. 

A PCR test is also now needed to EXIT the country. More information can be found on that here. 

All passengers must also complete the “Travellers Health Surveillance Form” online before arrival.

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This article was originally published on July 6, 2020 with updates 


Sunday 26th of December 2021

Hey you guys, just to let you know that Kenya has introduced a vaccine requirement for entry.


Thursday 15th of April 2021

Hi Kashlee Any up-to-date information on entry to Kenya please? 😅🙏 A great service you are providing, thank you very much 😅🙏❤


Friday 16th of April 2021

@Kashlee Kucheran, Thank you so much 😅🙏

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 15th of April 2021

Hi Tony, all information has stayed the same over the last few months. The form needs to be filled out and a 96 hour pCR test is needed to enter, thats about it! :)


Saturday 5th of December 2020

HI, Do you know if a test is required, if stopping over (connecting flight)? the final destination doesn't require a PCR test, but does Kenya?

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 6th of December 2020

Yes, Kenya has said even transits require the test


Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Hi Can Liberian tourist now travel to Kenya?


Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Kash, how can they be sure that your PCR test is not fake?

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

I have been wondering about this myself! I really think at this time, fake tests are probably an entire underground industry, but I'm sure soon enough they will have a barcode scanner or way to verify their authenticity globally.